Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Collection
Jesse James White and his wife applied to the Peace Corps as a married couple in 2012. Inexplicable problems with the application led to an long wait. Finally, in 2014 the couple was invited to serve in Mongolia as English teachers. During the nine-week training program in Mongolia, the couple was separated and were able to see each other only two or three times. Jesse became very ill during training and had to be taken to a hospital, although Peace Corps staff were slow to recognize the seriousness of his condition. Because Jesse had an active teaching license in the United States, he was assigned to work as a primary teacher trainer in one school, while his wife was assigned to teach in a different school. Although Jesse was happy with his work, problems with his wife’s assignment led the couple to decide to terminate their service after little more than a month in the field. 2 digital audio files (web streaming files combined into 1 file). Interviewed and recorded by Phyllis Noble, April 25, 2016.